Our staff compiled the following:
CURES AND VACCINES - you may receive a text message, email or phone call offering a breakthrough cure or vaccine. You will be required to pay in advance, and you will receive nothing.
COVID-19 supplies - scammers are advertising protective equipment like masks, face shields, gloves and other supplies. Scammers will try to get your credit card or other personal information, and you will receive nothing.
FAKE EMAILS - Scammers are sending emails that make you think you are dealing with a government agency, using addresses that differ slightly. A real email from the government will end in “.gov”, not “.com” or “.org”.
FAKE CHARITIES - Check any charity, business or person requesting payments or donations in cash, wire transfer, gift card, or through the mail. NEVER send money through these channels.
PHISHING FOR PATIENT INFO - Scammers are posing as medical providers asking for patient information for COVID-19 testing, then using your information to create fraudulent medical bills.
Scammers have launched schemes based on the federal stimulus payments:
The government will not ask you to verify your personal information. Do not give out your bank account, credit card, or other information. If you receive an unsolicited call about the payment, hang up.
Texts, emails, calls, or social media messages saying you can get your money faster are fake. You will receive your payment when the U.S. government sends it to you. No sooner.
Do not trust caller ID. You may receive phone calls that seem to be from the government. These phone calls are 100% fake. Do not answer them.
Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using robot calls to tell you they can get your payment faster.